When you deplete your vitamin B12 reserve, you’ll experience a wide range of health
conditions, including fatigue, anemia, memory problems (Alzheimer’s & learning disabilities),
premature aging, depression, heart disease, and irreversible nerve damage. This is
why you want to know and replenish your vitamin B12 level on a regular basis.
Until recently, it was estimated that 7% of vegetarians and 52% of vegans are B12
deficient, but the latest statistics show 68% of vegetarians and 83% of vegans are
B12 deficient. Why? Traditional serum B12 tests aren’t sensitive enough to detect
early stages of B12 deficiency.
Here are some of the common causes of B12 deficiency:
1. Plant-based diet: Humans can’t use plant-source B12 (cobamides). It also prevents
2. Stomach acid deficiency & medication: Without intrinsic factors, which are made
in stomach, you cannot absorb B12. If you are taking Prilosec, you are in TROUBLE!
3. Genetics: Some people (like me!) have genes that reduce absorption and usage of
4. SIBO: Overgrown bacteria in small intestine steal B12 from you.
My favorite B12-rich foods are liver, clams, oysters, and shellfish. If you need
to supplement, I highly recommend Cataplex B12 by Standard Process because it has
intrinsic factors in it.
If you are concerned about B12 deficiency, please make an appointment for nutrition